Sunday, August 28, 2016

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!!!


It's time for some more SPEDtacular Freebies!!! Welcome SPED teachers SLPs, OTs, PTs...and anyone else who can use some free resources for their classroom! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog! Visit each week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access the previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I hope you'll link up and share your own freebie with us! 

Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. Your freebie may link to your blog or store.
3. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
4. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! Also, feel free to share this image on your social media so your other SPED friends don't miss out! :)

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

Link up your free resources below and/or download the free resources you can use in your classroom! The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!!!


It's time for some more SPEDtacular Freebies!!! Welcome SPED teachers SLPs, OTs, PTs...and anyone else who can use some free resources for their classroom! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog! Visit each week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access the previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I hope you'll link up and share your own freebie with us! 

Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. Your freebie may link to your blog or store.
3. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
4. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! Also, feel free to share this image on your social media so your other SPED friends don't miss out! :)

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

Link up your free resources below and/or download the free resources you can use in your classroom! The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!



Friday, August 19, 2016

Phenomonal SmartBoard Website


Do you have a SmartBoard or other interactive whiteboard in your classroom?? Then you need to know about Smartboardingschool.com. Smart Boarding School is a website that I use in my classroom nearly every single day! It's a website that has over a thousand primary educational resources for use on interactive whiteboards. And it's free! 

Resources are divided into 4 subject areas and by age level, so you can easily choose appropriate activities for your students.
Once you choose a subject from here, you'll be taken to a page to choose what skill in that subject you want your student(s) to practice. 

This particular skill page for numbers has over 40 activities alone! As you can see you can also choose to have your students practice addition, subtraction, money, place value, patterns, and so much more!

Here's a peek at the Literacy and the Science categories for 6-8 year olds. 





Just click and play! It also allows students the opportunity for choice if you want to allow your students the flexibility of choosing what they practice. It's super easy to use. I love that everything is right there and I don't have to scroll through my flashdrive SmartBoard file looking for SB activities for each group as they rotate to the SB center. 

I LOVE using the SmartBoard in my classroom and this is the best online SB resource I have found! If you're not using your SB, get over to Smart Boarding School and start! Your students will love you for it! :)

Happy Smartboarding, 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!



Ready for more freebies? Welcome SPED teachers SLPs, OTs, PTs...and anyone else who can use some free resources for their classroom! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog! Visit each week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access the previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I hope you'll link up and share your own freebie with us! 


Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. Your freebie may link to your blog or store.
3. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
4. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! Also, feel free to share this image on your social media so your other SPED friends don't miss out! :)

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

Link up your free resources below and/or download the free resources you can use in your classroom! The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!




Until Next Week,

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Whole Group Token Board for Teaching BTS Procedures



Today I'm sharing how I use a "Whole Group Token Board" to teach beginning of the year procedures in my classroom.

I start with this simple template. Each sheet is set up for 5 students, so I have printed two sheets and taped them together for 10 students. There is even a third one taped that you can't see for when I had 12 students one year. I hang this on the wall where I do whole group instruction. 


I place their pictures down the left side as shown. These are their Life Touch school photos that I obtain from the office every year. They come in so handy! Check to see if your office has them for your students. Most offices get them to use in Cumulative folders and such, but my office doesn't use them, so works for me! 

I keep a basket full of tokens by the token board. These were so easy to make. I just placed smiley face stickers on copies of the token board itself, laminated, and cut them out. I'm always getting these stickers free in the mail from Highlights. 





So how do I use it? I use it all throughout the day to reinforce students for following beginning of the year procedures, and for as long as necessary. 

Here are some examples. So I've taught the rules and procedures. We've reviewed the procedures and practiced the procedures. Now it's time to start catching them following the procedures on their own.

Teacher: 
"I love how you stayed in your seat and raised your hand, Jo." Give a token. 

"I really like the way you cleaned up your class materials, _____." Give a token.

"I love how you pushed in your chair when you stood up." Give a token. 

I may even give multiple tokens at the same time.

"I love how Dan, Jo, Sue, and Lily are all following directions." Give all 4 a token.

"I like the way everyone lined up without talking." Give whole class a token. 

It's very effective because once other students see a student receive a token, it becomes contagious and they want to try to earn a token too. 

Once a student has earned 5 tokens, I may decrease this number for more disruptive students, they choose a reinforcer of their choice. No time is spent pre-determining this. They choose once it is earned. It might range from a hershey kiss to 7-8 minutes on iPad. I'm not really worried about them missing out on too much classroom instruction at this time, as my main focus is teaching the rules and procedures these first few weeks. 

Generally, my students are following the rules/procedures appropriately within 2-3 weeks, and especially since most of my students were with me the previous year. So, I am able to fade it within a month or so. But in some cases I'll continue to use it for whole group lessons throughout the year to keep students engaged and following along, or to remind them of the rules and procedures. 

You can get an updated version of the token board template for free here. It now includes 7 students to a page and the tokens. 

Have a great year and don't forget to practice those rules and procedures! :)